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ThE GEMNADA BlSi3TITER
Volume 6 Number 25
For The Week Ending October 21st 1978
6th Year of Publication - 189th Issue
Produced & Printed by Alister & Cynthia Hughes
P 0 Box 65, St.Georges, Grenada. Weatindies


GAIRY ACCUSLS OPPOSITION OF MURDER /

In the course of his address (on.October 12th) to the 33rd Session

of the General Assembly of the United Nations, Prime Minister Eric

Gairy accused the Opposition New Jewel Movement (NJM) political

party of murder.

The accusation came as Mr Gairy was speaking on the subject of
'Human Rights' which he said was a 'two-way street'. He said
that 'terrorist and other disruptive groups' often carry out their

activities under the guise of Human Rights and very often mislead
the public, the media, commissions of inquiry and even well-meaning

Human Rights Bodies into believing that their causes are justified

and in the public interest.

He thought this a dangerous situation and said he would use Grenada
as "an example to show what small, disruptive, politically-ambitious

groups within a country can do, not only to undermine the stability

of the government, but also, and more importantly,,to bring.disoredit
to'the entire country and to frustrate the hopes and aspirations of
its people."

"There is a group in my country known as the New Jewel Movement", he

said, "a group with a strange and highly dangerous ideology, which

has deliberately embarked upon a propaganda campaign to smear

Grenada's good name and to interrupt the country's development."
Chile
Ir Gairy said NJM spread some "unbelievably vicious rumours" about
Grenada's connections with Chile. According to the Prime i~pdster,

the rumours were that Chileans were in Grenada "training our people

in methods of torture", and that Grenada policemen were in Chile
also being trained in these methods4 "You will be surprised to
know", Mr Gairy said, "how many people believed this."

The Prime Minister then gave what he called "one more example of
that phenomenon of wilful disruption of the New Jewel Movement".
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THUE GRrADA NELSLbTTER Week Ending 21.10.78
Page 2
"That group", he said, "in an attempt to wrest political power

from a duly elected Government holding 1.2 out of 13 (sic) elected

seats in Parliament, with its authority deeply rooted in the

confidence of the people, actually attacked a Police Station

and attempted to take over control."


Mr Gairy said there was popular reactiqnto what he called "this

treachery", and there might have been "strong action" by the

people against NJM leaders, "were it not for the quick and

considerate action taken by the senior Inspector of Police,

Innocent Belmar."
Propagabda
"Despite this", Mr Gairy said, "the Jewel leaders were able to

get many people and organizations, including some Churches, some

tradeuniona and some Service Organisations, 22 such organizations

in all, to accept this deliberate propaganda that they were denied

their human rights and beaten up by the Police, especially one

Innocent Belmar."


This incident was investigated in 1973/74 by the Duffus. Commission

of Inquiry, and Mr Gairy said that the Commission's Report, "based

on the evidence of many misguided persons, blamed the Government,

condemned Mr Belmar, the Senior Police Officer, and recommended him

as being unfit to hold any public office."


"The Government was not satisfied with the findings about Mr Belmar",

Prime Minister Gairy said, "and put him up as a candidate for

elections. Mr Belmar won an overwhelming victory and was made

a Minister of Government. The Jewel members were not satisfied.

Belmar was assassinated the very day he was sworn in as Minister

of Agriculture."

Sources close to NJM told NhWbLTai'ER today (20th) that the

implications of Mr Gairy's statements are being studied.
(552 words)


PERGUSON EXECUTED

Shortly after midnight on the night of 16th/17th October, Charles

Ferguson was executed at the Richmond Hill Prisons..


Ferguson was charged with the murder of Roy Donald in April 1974
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IE. GRENADA NEWSLETTER Week Ending 2-.10.78
page 3
and, after being found guilty, was tried a second time when the

Appeal Court ordered a retrial. He was found guilty again and,

when the Appeal Court upheld the conviction, the case was taken to

the Privy Council.


Led by British barrister Mr Nigel Murray, Mr Lloyd Noel, Ferguson's

Counsel, appeared before the Privy Council on July 12th last.

Decision was reserved and, an October 5th, the Lords of the

Judicial Committee of the Privy Council advised that they would

"report to Her Majesty that the appeal should be dismissed."


The Privy Council Judgement states that the Defence placed five

points before them.

1. that manslaughter, as a possible alternative verdict,
should have been left to the jury.

2. that the direction upon the issue of identity was inadequate.

3. that the evidence of identification was unsafe.

4. that the Court of Appeal, when dealing with the submission

that the verdict was unsafe and unsatisfactory, adopted an

approach which was wrong in law, in that they asked

themselves not whether the verdict was unsafe and *

unsatisfactory, but whether there was evidence upon which

a reasonable jury could convict.

5. that the trial judge's direction as to the standard of

proof was incorrect in law.
Argument
Main argument of the Defence hinged on Section 41 (1) of the West

Indies Associated States Supreme Court (Grenada) Act 1971. This

Section states that the Court of Appeal should set aside the

verdict if it is."unsafe and unsatisfactory" or if it is found that

"the judgement of the Court before whom the Appellant was convicted

should be set aside on the ground of a wrong decision of any

question of law or that there was a material irregularity in the

course of the trial."


There is, however, a proviso to this Section which reads

"Provided that the Co.urt of Appeal may, notwithstanding that it

is of the opinion that the point raised in the appeal might be

decided in favour of the Appejant, dismiss the appeal if it

considers that no miscarriage of justice has actually occurred "
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THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Week Ending 21.t0.78


The Privy Council did not accept the point that manale.ughter, as

a possible verdict, should have been left to the jury. "'he

circumstances of the shooting were such", they said, "that, if the

jury were satisfied by the evidence of identity, the only proper

verdict was one of murder."
Misdirection
It was found that there had been "misdirection as to the intent

necessary to establish the crime of murder." It was found also,

however, that this misdirection had not resulted in any miscarriage

of justice and that the Court of Appeal had .the right to apply the

proviso (quoted on page 3) and set aside Ferguson's appeal.


There remained the question of identity of the killer and, on this,

the Privy Council Judgement says :-

"The application of the proviso is justified only if the
Court considers "that no miscarriage of justice has actually
occurred One is, therefore, driven back to a consideration
of the trial and the summing up. The criticisms that
manslaughter should have been left to the jury and that the
judge erred in his direction .... having been rejected, the
fundamental issue arises: was it safe to convict upon the
identification evidence ? If there-had been any reasonable
doubt as to the identity of the killer, their Lordships
could not say that no miscarriage of justice had actually
occurred.
Though the judge did not direct the jury in the terms now
approved in Regina v Turnbull (supra), he left the jury in
no doubt as to the state of the evidence and their duty.
There was only one witness who recognized the Appellant as
the killer Louise Donald. He reminded them of this
fact and of the facts which might lead the jury to doubt
the reality of her identification, and concluded
'If you believe Louise Donald, after considering
Dr Gibbs' evidence, and disbelieve the accused
and his witness, you must convict."

In their Lordship's view, there is nothing in the way in
which the judge dealt with the issue of identity to suggest
that the jury were not fully alert to the difficulties in
this part of the Crown's case.

But that is not the end of the matter. Before the proviso
is applied, the Court (in this exceptional case, the Board)
must consider that no miscarriage of justice has actually
occurred. It is necessary, therefore, to examine Louise
Donald's evidence with care. First, her evidence was
uncorroborated by either her sister, Linette Rock, or Angela
Drakes. Secondly, according to her evidence, she told no
one on the night of the killing that she had recognized the
killer. Thirdly, Dr Gibbs, who conducted the post mortem,
swore an affidavit in May 1975 (i.e. after the first trial
and shortly after the first appeal) in which he said that
about 10.30 pm on the 6th April 1974 he was at the hospital
when he heard Louise Donald, in answer to the question
repeatedly put to her as to whether she knew who shot her
husband, as repeatedly respond
"All I know is that it was a tall man, fair complexion,
wearing a coat, and a hat drawn over his face."
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page 5

When questioned at the second trial, Dr Gibbs said he did
not hear Mrs Dpnald speak these words. He said it had
occurred to him that he might have been confusing her with
her sister who was also at the hospital that night.

Louise Donald, under cross-examination, said she saw Dr Gibbs
that night but did not recall that she told anyone that night
that it was the accused who shot her husband pr that anyone
asked her if she recognized the person who shot her husband.

Clearly, the jury must have accepted Dr Gibbs' explanation
of his affidavit. The question, therefore, is as to the
inherent strength of Louise Donald's identification. She
must also have been accepted as truthful. But, was she
reliable or was there the possibility that she was mistaken ?
She conversed with the killer: he was close enough to take
her bag from her: he pushed a gun at her. She recognized
him as a man she had known for some five or six years. She
described his dress (including, significantly, not a hat but
a cap).

Their Lordships have considered all the evidence as to
identification. It was summed up fully and fairly: the
evidence of Dr Gibbs was put to the jury in its correct
context i.e. as capable of throwing doubt upon Louise
Donald's reliability. The whole emphasis of the summing-
up as to the facts was as favourable to the accused as it
could be. Their Lordships are in no doubt that the
jury reached a true verdict. No miscarriage of justice
has occurred at the end of this protracted and unhappy case,
involving as it has done, two trials, two appeals and
requiring a most exceptional feature their Lordships'
Board to consider whether or not to apply the proviso.
Accordingly, their Lordships will report to Her Majesty that
the appeal should be dismissed."


In an exclusive interview with NEWSLETTER today (20th) Pergusbn's

Counsel, Mr Lloyd Noel said he was distressed over the outcome of

the case and was convinced there had been a miscarriage of justice.

He felt that the political overtones of the case could not be

overlooked and he thought that Grenada's 'Ferguson case' could well

parallel Britain's famous 'Hanratty case'.


"James Hanratty was convicted of murder and executed in Britain

in 1962", Mr Noel said, "and,two years after, the real killer came

forward and confessed." Mr Noel said Hanratty's conviction had

been based on identity as was the case with Ferguson, and the matter

has been so embarrassing to the British Government that, since

that time, there have been no more executions in Britain.

"The circumstances of the identification of Ferguson as the killer

were such as to make the verdict most unsafe and unsatisfactory",

Mtr Noel said, "and it will be poor compensation for Perguson's

relatives when, if the truth ever comes to light, that as the

British did with Hanratty they are allowed to take his body from

a murderer's grave and inter it elsewhere." (1.379 words)
XSi;***!****3









THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Week Ending 21 .10.78
Page 6 OVER ECJi MILLION DUE TO G


Over one million dollars (EC) is owed to the Grenada electricity

Services Ltd (GES) for electricity. A notice now appearing in

the local press discloses this and states that the Company is

forced to intensify its collection programme.


A Commission of Inquiry, appointed last'year to probe the working

of GES, heard from the Manager of the Company that, up to the end

of April 1i976, the Government of Grenada owed 1. years' arrears

of electricity amounting to EC$387,635.00.

NEWSLETTER is reliably advised that a large percentage of the

debt now outstanding due to GES is owed by Government.

Government House is given as an example. At-the end of June

this year, EC#7,894.50 was due to GES for electricity supplied to

the Governor General's residence. Of that amount, EL$7,506.96

was arrears.


GES is a joint venture of the Government of Grenada and the

Commonwealth Development Corporation.
(143 words)


ECONOMIC REVIEW

More money is being spent in Grenada now than was spent twelve

months ago and this is indicative of an improving economy. It

is difficult to tell, however, how much of this increase is

indicative of real growth and how much is the result of inflation.

This opinion was expressed to NEWSLETTER recently by several

knowlegable persons in the supermarket business, building trade,

banking, real estate, pharmaceutical trade and dry goods business.

The comment came in a series of interviews conducted this month

to ascertain the trend of the economy and, in the absence of any

published official statistics, it may be taken as fair indication

of the situation.


All sectors of the economy are not performing uniformly, however,

and special circumstances are affecting some areas. One such

area is the house rental business which, within the last two

years, has experienced a marked increase. Thia increase is
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Page 7
limited to the Parish of St.George and is connected directly to

operations of the St.Georges, University School of Medicine.


The School is located at True Blue in the Parish of StGeorge and

now has an enrollment of over 600. The need for accommodation has

forced house-rents up and several people, not previously offering

accomodation, are now in the business to take advantage of the

boom.


It is estimated that these new landlords receive from 25% to 75%

more than they would have, had they been in the business before.

Most people who were in the house-rental business before, are

limited by contracts and, in their cases, it is estimated that the

increase they are now enjoying is from 10% to 15%. Overall,

house-rents in the Parish of St.George are thought to be up an

average of about. 400.
Food.
The presence of the School is also affecting supermarkets and

retail outlets in the southern section of the Parish of St.George.

The impact of the students' buying is not felt to any extent in

St.Georges town, but, in the proximity of the School, food aales

are reported to be excellent.


One other area in which the School of Medicine is thought to be

having an effect is in the sale of motor vehicles. It is,

reported that, generally, the School's students do not buy new cars

but, the demand they have created for second hand cars has inflated

prices in that market, thus encouraging owners to sell and replace.

Motor vehicle sales are reported to be up, numerically, by

approximately 50% over 1977, and student purchases are thought to

have influenced from 5% to 10/o of this.


The dry goods sector is another in which special factors are having

effect. Generally, merchants are not satisfied with sales this

year and the current month (October) is considered especially bad.
Over the last 1.8 to 24 months, however, several small dry goods

stores have opened and competition is much greater now. There

can be no certainty without statistics, but it is a reasonable

assumption that the apparent dullness in this sector is a result

of the fact that the 'cake' is being divided among more mouthha..
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THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Week Ending 21..10.78


A sub-division of the dry-goods trade is the shoe-trnde, and this

does not follow the overall dull pattern for dry-goods. Considered

on the basis of sales of pairs of shoes, sales in 1978 are 2% to 4%

above that of 11977. Considered on a monetary basis., the increase

is 355 "to 50o.

The deviation of the shoe trade from the'overall dry-goods pattern

is explicable by the fact that there are fewer outlets for shoes

than there are for general dry-goods, and the competition is

therefore less. What has not been explained is the apparent

trend towards the purchase of more expensive footwear.
Slump
In all sectors of the economy, there was a slump in 1974 following

the civil unrest and the looting of St.Georges by the State-paid

"Police Aids". Many concerns were forced out of business at

that time and, for those surviving the crisis, there was a very

slow up-turn in 1975. Statistics are not available covering the

Business Community, but the published prospectus of a local firm,

Jonas Browne & Hubbard Ltd, is indicative of the general situation.


Hubbards had sales of EC09.4 million in 1973 and this figure fell

to EC$7.6 million in 1974, the year of unrest. In 1975, sales

at ECt8.4 were still below the 1973 figure and it was not until

1976 that the position was recovered with sales of EC#1I0.2 million.


In the real estate business, the position with sales of houses is

almost the same. From a very low level in 1974, there was a

slight increase in 1.975 and a leveling off in 1976. Over the

last year, there has been another upward movement and a marked

increase both in the number of houses, sold and the prices they are

fetching. Resident foreigners are among the purchasers but it

is reported that a considerable number of purchases are made by

Grenadians resident abroad who see a house as an investment pending

their return home.

There has been less activity in the sale of land over the period

1974 to 1977, but more interest has been noted in the last 12
months. An interesting feature of land sales, reported to

NEWSLETTER, is that, over the last four years., even in development
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Page 9
areas, the price per square foot has remained almost static.


The building trade is said to be 'reasonably good', but is

hampered by slow deliveries by suppliers abroad. After the low

of 1974, there was a marked improvement late in 1976 and both last

year and this have shown increasing cash turn-overs. Especially

in this sector is it difficult to estimate whether there has been

any real growth. Operators report that inflation is considerable

and, while cash turn-over and profits are up, there may be little

increase in trade, quantitatively.


It is reported that building business is coming from both resident

foreigners and Grenadians, some of the latter being resident abroad.

It is reported also that, during the past two years, a new source

of finance for building has become available. In the past,

while they have financed some building operations, Insurance

Companies have not sought this type of business. NEWSLETTLER

is advised that these Companies are now canvassing this business

and will accept mortgages on 15 to 20 year terms.


In the pharmacy trade patent medicines, prescriptions etc a

reliable estimate of the increase in 1978 over 1977 is given as

40%. In .assessing real growth in this sector, however, in

addition to inflation, another factor must be considered. It is

reported that exorbitant mark-ups are increasing costs to the

public and sales may reflect a false picture of growth.


Whatever the effects of inflation on the real growth of the

economy, there is more money in circulation in 1978 that there was

in 1977 and NEWSL.TTER has attempted to discover the sources of

monetary in-flow.


Government is putting some money into circulation with limited

construction work and road repairs but it does not appear

sufficient to account for the increase. Also, through house

rentals, wages and purchases, the students of the St.Georges

University School of Medicine are providing a boost. This, also,

is not thought to be sufficient.


Grenada has three main export crops, Cocoa, Nutmegs and Bananas, and
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Page 1,0

while the performance of the first two is not known, according to

NEWSLETIER's records, the weight of exports of bananas to 30th

September was up 7% over the weight at the sane date last year,

and the monetary value was up nearly 23Yo. Total earned for the

banana crop produced during the first three quarters of this year

was over EC07 million, of which slightly less than half will have

been paid out to growers.
Tourism
The tourist industry also has shown a considerable increase.

atay-over visitors during the first half of 1978 were up by 16%

over the same period last year. Cruise liner visitors.provide

less revenue than stay-over visitors, but it must be recorded that

cruise liners brought over 21% more passengers to the atate in the

1978 January to August period than they did during the same

period in 1977.


Banking circles advise that another source sustaining the economy

is remittances made to the island by Grenadians resident abroad.

NEWSLTTTER is advised that, during the past two years, these

remittances have increased considerably.


Statistics, when available, will produce a clearer picture of

Grenada's economy but, for the moment and judging by the increased

circulation of money, the island appears to be holding its own

against the inflation which is being imported in every sector.

The opinion has been expressed, however, that, with adverse

balance of payments to contend with, the race to keep ahead of

increasing prices may reach a critical stage during the next 24

months.


It is anticipated that, over the next 12 to 18 months, Government

will receive loans which, when expended on public Works, will

improve the situation as far as local purchasing power is

concerned. It is felt, however, that such expenditure must be

regarded merely as a atop-gap and, unless efforts are made to

stimulate production, there are prospects of a serious economic

slump.
(1506 words)
wMUHUSMm









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Page 11

WEST INDIA COiJilTTEE GRENADA GROUP TO BE FORMED

Following the visit to Grenada on Wednesday (18th) of Mr R F Burman,

Deputy Chairman of the London based West India Committees a Grenada

group of West India Committee members is to be formed.

This was disclosed to BEWSLETTER today (20th) in an exclusive

interview with Sir Dennis Henry, Member of the Committee's

Executive resident in Grenada. "A suggestion has been made

that we form a Grenada Group", Sir Dennis said, "and I intend to

follow this up. Mr Burman's visit has renewed interest in the

Committee and, if we can have our meetings., discuss matters and
make representations. to London from time to time, this, interest is

certain to be maintained."


There are some 40 members of the Committee in Grenada and, during

his one-day stay, Mr Burman held a meeting which most attended.

Addressing this meeting, the Deputy Chairman explained the

functions and role of the Committee. He said the emphasis is

on trade and the Committee's work is complementary to any work done

by Westindian Governments themselves or through their High

Commissions in London.


Illustrating this point, Mr Burman said the Government of Barbados

is mounting a trade mission to Britain in November. The Barbados

High Commission in London is making arrangements for this mission,

but Mr Burman had to ensure that he is back in Britain in time

because the Committee is assisting in every way it con to make the

mission a success.


Sir Dennis told NLWSLETTEr he had found a refreshingly warm

interest in Mr Burman's visit. "Members, quite rightly, had

begun to doubt whether there was any point in belonging to the

Committee", Sir Dennis: said,"but there is now renewed interest

and a better understanding of the services the Committee provides

to promote two-way trade between Britain and our region."
(300 words)


CHA MAKES PLANS TO PENETRATE EUROPEAN MARKE ~

The Caribbean Hotel Association (CHA) is making plans to penetrate

the European market, and these plans include the organizing of
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Page 12

a Caribbeen Travel Trade Exposition during 1979.


This. was disclosed by Mr John Bell, Executive Direotor of CHA,

when he addressed the Annual General Meeting of the Grenada Hotel

Association on Monday (16th). Mr Bell thought the 1978/79

Winter Season promised to be a good one for the Caribbean but, in

the context of the potential of the European market, he stressed

the importance to Grenada of developing Summer business also.


In the course of his address to the meeting, outgoing President

Royston Hopkin said that, for the past six weeks;, the Grenada

Hotel associationn (GHA) had had the services of Mr Gordon Armstrong

of Canadian Executive Services Overseas. Mr Armstrong, a

graduate of McMaster University and the University of Toronto,

has spent the last 20 years helping to establish technical and

vocational education in Canada, he said.


"Mr Armstrong has a genuine interest in helping upgrade all areas

of the hospitality industry in Grenada", Mr Hopkin said, "and he

hopes to establish a twinning relationship between Grenada and

George Brown college, whereby Grenada can have the benefit of

qualified instructors in the hospitality field from time to time."
Inadequate
Voicing an off repeated complaint, Mr Hcpkin said the major

handicap to Grenada's Tourist Industry is still what he called

inadequate air transportation. "As demonstrated", he said,

LIAT was not able to handle Grenada's demands for about six months

of the year, and we sincerely hope that, with the increase in

their fleet for the coming Season, we-will see a marked

improvement in their service." Mr Hopkin said Air Martinique

now has a service into Grenada and is being slowly realized as

an alternative carrier into Grenada.


Summarising the position of the Tourist Industry in Grenada,

Mr Hopkin said that it was particularly favourable from a currency

earning point of view. He said that gross earnings in 1977

were estimated at EC$33 million, 70%/ of which remained in the

island. Factors which account for the "economically favourable

tourism development", he said, include the long average stay of

the tourist (14 days) and the significant local onership of
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Page 13
.acoomodation facilities.


Also among factors, listed by him are Grenada's special mix of

tourism which consists of stay-over visitors oriented to hotels. and

cottages, resort tourism, cruise tourism and yacht tourism, all of

which, he said, together have generated a relatively large number

of supporting activities.


"It is interesting to note", Mr Hopkin said, "that the development

of tourism has been linked with development in the other industries,

particularly agriculture and fishing, where local production has

increased to the point where the more developed hotels and

restaurants are being steadily supplied with local vegetables,

fruit and fish."


Electing officers for the new term, GHA returned Mr Hopkin to the

post of president. Mr Desmond Campbell was elected 1st Vice-

president and Mr Godfrey Ventour, 2nd Vice-President. Other

members elected to serve on the Executive Board are Mr Maurice

Ribordy, Mr Arnold Hopkin, Mr Joseph Gaylord and Mr Geoffrey

Thompson. Mr Charles deGale continues to serve on the Board as

Immediate Past President.
(827 words)


WINTER CRUISE SEASON OPENS /

Grenada's Winter Cruise Season opened on October 3rd with the eall

of the "Cunard Countess." and, according to a list put out by the

Grenada Tourist Board, there will be 170 cruise liner calls at the

island between now and the close of the Season on May 31st 1979.


'his number of calls exceeds the actual figure for the 1977/78

Season, but is less than the number of calls originally announced.

In October 1977, the Tourist Board stated that 185 cruise liner

calls would take place in the 1977/78 Season, but only 145

materialised. The Exhcutive Secretary of the Tourist Board,

Irsa Gertrude Protain, told NEWSLETTER today (20th) that this fall

off in calls was due to the fact that some boats, originally

scheduled to make several calls, were taken off the run to the

Eastern Caribbean.
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Page %4

Mis Protain said also that Grenada offers an added attraction to

cruise liner passengers this year. "On October 24th" she said,
the new handicrafts centre adjacent to the pier in St.Georges will
be opened and this will make for interesting, convenient shopping
for our visitors." She said a section of the centre has been
provided for a workshop where visitors will see item being produced
from local materials.

While she welcomed the opening of the.Winter Cruise Season and the
resultant increase in cruise liner calls, iirs Protain had a word of
appreciation for the boats which call in the "off" Season. "We
are particularly grateful to the "Cunard Countess" and "Angelina
Lauro" who are with us year round", she said, "and have a special
place of affection in our hearts."

Am&ng the liners scheduled to visit this Season is. the "Queen
Elizabeth II". She will call on December 28th and January 10th.
(295 words)

COSUISE LINER CALLS
During the week ending october 1i4th, there were three cruise liner
calls. The "Angelina Lauro" and "World Renaissance" both called
on 11th but details of their passenger complement are not yet
available. "Cunard Countess" called on October 10th with 712
passengers.

NHiWLETTER for week ending September 16th reported the visit of
"Angelina Lauro" but information on her passenger list was not then
available. It has now been advised that she carried 697 passengers.

NEWSLETTER apologises for an error in the issue for the week ending
September '9th in which "Angelina Lauro" is reported as having visited
on"September 30th". This should have read "August 50th".
Because of this error, a further error was created in NEWSLhTTER
for the week ending September 16th. In the statistics for cruise
liner calls, (page 14), calls for August 1978 should be amended to
read 13, and passengers that month, 1.0,493.

Total cruise liner passengers arriving at Grenada at the end of
September 1978 were 94,787. This was 1.7,898 or 23% more than
the 1977 figure of jL88 at the same date. Over the January
to September pe d in 1978, there were 143 cruise liner calls as
compared wi 1.36 in 1977 over the same period.

BANANA SHIPMENTS.
No bananas were shipped from Grenada this week. A Geest Industries
spokesman said this was because the Company's ships are not sufficient
to take all the bananas from the Windward islands. "We have to
either give each island a. quota or leave an island out one weak as
was done with Grenada this week", he said. W
Bananas are sometimes left back under this scheme and become a loss
to the producer, NEVWaLDTTDER was told, but this less is. less than
that which would be suffered in the price cut which must be made
when the high cost of a char 9 jfg-faced.

Alister Hughes
20th October 1978
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